Day of Atonement : a holiday all about Christ

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  1. wopik

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    A holiday all about Christ ----

    The whole context of Hebrews 8, 9,10 is the ceremony of the Day of Atonement and all of the symbolism of it (Lev. 16). And right in the middle of this, it says, “Christ was offered to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28).

    In Heb. 10:11, "Every priest stands daily ministering an offering often times the same sacrifices, which can never take sins away”. One should understand that the priest is in the Temple, working like mad, killing animals and sprinkling blood (Leviticus 16). Hebrews says it can't take away sins. But this man can, that is Jesus Christ, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever! Jesus’ sacrifice for sins took place one time - forever!

    ….And having a High Priest over the house of God let us draw near with a true heart and full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water " (Hebrews 10:19-22).

    Do we realize all this sprinkling and all this washing are all allusions to the ceremonies of the Day of Atonement? The priest had to wash his whole body about ten times. The fit man, who carried the goat out into the wilderness and let him go out there, had to come back, take off his clothes, wash his flesh in pure water. So there was washing and sprinkling and he (the writer of Hebrews) is still using all the allusions of the Day of Atonement.

    (Heb. 10:23-25) "Let’s hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…."
    Paul doesn't say "it's the Day of Atonement," but the entire context of three chapters (Hebrews 8,9,10) is the Day of Atonement and the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ.

    Why then would anyone assume that we are allowed to forsake the assembling of ourselves together on the Day of Atonement? Why, if Jesus' disciples were to fast any time, why not on the Day of Atonement? For the whole day is about Jesus Christ and His work, and His sacrifice for us. Of all people in the world who would want to keep the Day of Atonement, Christians ought to. Paul says (Hebrews 10: 25), "don't forsake the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is, but exhort one another, so much the more as you see the day approaching.”

    In Hebrews 8, 9, and 10, it's plain that Jesus symbolically becomes sin; He bears our sins; He takes them all upon Himself and He suffers; He is humiliated; He is betrayed; and He dies and He sheds His blood for our sins. He takes His blood; presents it to the Father, and makes intercession for us, and for us - makes atonement.
    http://www.abcog.org/atone.htm

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  2. BobRyan

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    Paul says in 1Cor 5 "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed" - this encompasses the life death burial and resurrection of Christ.

    The Spring feasts all point to the work of Christ at the first coming. The fall feasts point to his highpriestly work in heaven and His work at the 2nd coming.

    The NASB makes the work of christ as our high priest in heaven very clear in Heb 8-10.

    The two phase ministry of the earthly sanctuary details the two phase ministry of Christ in heaven as our high priest.

    In Christ,

    Bob
     
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    Why, if Jesus' disciples were to fast any time, why not on the Day of Atonement? For the whole day is about Jesus Christ and His work, and His atoning sacrifice for us. Of all people in the world who would want to keep the Day of Atonement, Christians ought to. Paul says (Hebrews 10: 25), "don't forsake the assembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is, but exhort one another, so much the more as you see the day approaching.”

    Friday sunset (24th) to Saturday nightfall (25th) is the fast ----- health permitting.

    Don't forget the Lord, by not keeping His commandments and His statutes (which the holydays are a part of), and His judgements - Deut. 8: 11.
     
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    "Christ our Passover has been sacrificed" 1Cor 5.

    The spring feasts point to the work of Christ at His first coming. The fall feasts point to Christ's work following that event.

    The Day of Atonement (listed in Lev 23 and detailed in Lev 16) shows the relationship of th atoning sacrifice (1John 2:2) to the entire atonement process and work of Christ as our high priest.

    It shows that the atoning sacrifice begins that work of Christ for us in heaven - just as we see in Heb 8 through 10.

    It points to the Christian age, and to the final disposition of sin.

    In Christ,

    Bob
     
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    I was invited to the Erev Yom Kippur service by a Jewish friend from work. It was the Kol Nidre service the night before Yom Kippur. The local temple is largely a reform congregation.

    It was a nice cultural experience - kinda reminded me of the way Christians are on Christmas eve. Still I felt no presence, no spirit. At the end of Yom Kippur the congregation will shout, "Next year in Jerusalem".

    I'm thankful we as Christians actually CAN say that with REAL expectation!
     
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    In the Lev 16 "Day of Atonement" chapter - God shows a level of detail on the process of atonement that is not seen in all of scripture.

    In that chapter we learn that the Atoning Sacrifice (when complete) starts the Day of Atonement process - but is not the end of that process.

    In 1John 2:2 we are told that Christ completed the Atoning Sacrifice on the Cross.

    But the entire atonement process predicted by the Lev 16 details provided by God - continues in the form of the high-priestly work of Christ (Heb 8-10) that proceeds in the exact two phase model that the Sanctuary service predicted.

    In Christ,

    Bob
     

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